MESHUGGAH-NUNS! is the fifth show in Dan Goggin's series of NUNSENSE shows.
the fifth "Nunsense" adventure, we find the Sisters on an all-expense-paid trip on
the "Faiths of All Nations" Cruise. It seems that the Kunkels (the poor family who live behind Mt. Saint Helen's School)
have won the lottery. Although they had given their ticket to the Sisters in exchange for some gifts,
when it was discovered that the ticket was a winner, the Sisters returned the ticket to the Kunkels.
In appreaciation, the Kunkels have paid for the Sisters' trip.
a time at sea, the ship runs into a terrible storm that lasts nearly a week.
Many people become seasick including the entertainers - the cast of "Fiddler on the Roof." All except the actor playing "Tevye", that is.
The ship's captain, knowing of the Sisters' show-business savvy, requests that the Sisters and "Tevye" put on an original revue.
The result: "Meshuggah-Nuns!"
theatre is set up to be the ship's auditorium. The stage is set
with pieces from what would have been "Fiddler on the Roof" with portholes and exists to the ship's deck in view.
Act One opens with the nuns coming out into the audience to "warm them up." As "showtime" nears,
the nuns, with the exception of Sister Robert Anne, go backstage to prepare. Sister Robert Anne takes center stage,
sets the scene, and explains who the sisters are in case people have not experienced any of their previous ventures.
rest of the cast enters singing the Prologue
and the rousing
. Then Howard and Mother Superior discucss with the audience the question of finding something in common to create the show.
The answer: Guilt. This becomes the hilarious production number Contrition
The song is followed by Sister Amnesia doing some questionable magic tricks, during which Howard makes some comments in Yiddish.
Mother Superior, not understanding, is quickly "brought up to speed" in the duet with Howard singing Say It In Yiddish
Robert Anne and Sister Hubert, feeling a bit left out, tell of their displeasure in Tevye & Rev
No show would be complete without one of Sister Amnesia's country hits and her latest is My Ship
After her song, she and Howard explain that Klezmer music is sort of the country music of the Jewish people, and they have created their own Klezmer song and dance.
The cast (except for Reverend Mother) performs The Potchky Polka
Reverend Mother returns to the stage saying that she had been summoned by the Captain for a ship-to-shore phone call.
The cast fears trouble, but Reverend Mother allays their fears saying it was only Howard's family wishing everyone good luck with the show.
the show there are many one-liner jokes and "walk-ons" featuring both convent and Jewish humor from cast members
appearing in portholes, doorways, etc.
Superior and Howard point out the fact that there is so much food on the cruise.
This leads into a comic monologue for Howard followed by Reverend Mother's appearance as Sophie Tucker singing My Fat Is My Fortune
The finale to the first act is a tribute to ship disasters of the cinema...an elaborate production number entitled Das Boat
featuring Reverend Mother
and Howard as Belle and Manny Rosen from the "Poseidon Adventure," Sister Hubert as Captain Steubing from "The Loveboat," Sister Robert Anne as Molly Brown from the "Titanic," and Sister
Amnesia as both Mary Ann from "Gilligan's Island" and the Giant Squid from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
Two begins with the cast singing a short reprise of the Prologue
Howard and Sister Robert Anne sit down and chat about their lives culminating in the balled A Love Like This
The entire cast then participates in a reprise of Say It In Yiddish
complete with a Hora Dance.
Sister Robert Anne points out that they have much more in common than they ever thought except that Howard isn't Catholic.
He answers with the comical solo If I Were A Catholic
Sisters Hubert, Robert Anne and Amnesia follow that with their "Andrews Sisters" song Three Shayna Maidels
As they exit the stage Reverend Mother and Howard open the Duty Free Shopping Segment which ends with all five cast members appearing as The Village People singing Matzo Man
Sisters, feeling that Howard may be disappointed that "Fiddler on the Roof" was cancelled,
ask the audience to join them singing Fiddlerspiel
, an original song which tells the story of Tevye and his daughters.
After the song, the nuns exit the stage, and as Howard is expressing his gratitude, Sister Mary Annette (the famous "Nunsense" Puppet) makes an unscheduled appearance as Mae West
(in a Mae West life preserver) singing Come Up And See Me Sometime
When the others return, Mother Superior sees Sister Mary Annette, grabs her and opening the deck door, heaves her overboard.
This causes pandemonium which results in both Sister Amnesia jumping over to save Sister Mary Annette and Reverend Mother following to save Sister Amnesia.
Meanwhile on stage, Sister Robert Anne tries to fill time by singing I'll Find A Song To Sing
all are saved and, as the cast returns they are all, more than ever, aware of the importance of finding the good in everyone.
This is embodied in the finale featuring Sister Hubert with the entire cast singing Rock the Boat
The curtain comes down as the cast closes with a reprise of Anchors Aweigh
- Dan Goggin